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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Apr 23, 2018 8:07pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: BNRToast question -- song source?


Some luck. Go to this page and listen to track #29:
https://archive.org/details/otr_bobandray

The next file continues the same story line. As for who is singing Bluebird Of Happiness, I can't say. The only close performance by a female that I've found is a duet, Jo Stafford with Gordon MacRae, from the late '40s. The MBNW version does sound a bit like Stafford, so maybe she recorded a solo version as well, but it's hard to be sure if that's her.


Here's the Stafford and MacRae duet, two versions of the same pressing:
https://archive.org/details/78_bluebird-of-happiness_jo-stafford-and-gordon-macrae-sandor-harmati-edward-heyman-ha_gbia0026511b

Or:
https://archive.org/details/78_bluebird-of-happiness_jo-stafford-and-gordon-macrae-sandor-harmati-edward-heyman_gbia0026612b

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Poster: PDGazette2 Date: Apr 23, 2018 8:38pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: BNRToast question -- song source?

Thanks!

I listened to that 78 earlier this evening, not the same singer. I'm thinking she's from the 60's/ early 70's when they had a sort of pop gospel fad for awhile. Someone like Barbara McNair, who sang America in Spencer's Mountain, the Henry Fonda family movie based on Earl Hamner's story, or from a Broadway soundtrack album. The Bob and Ray people (executors of their respective wills, family members, whatever) really should have the skinny on that, copyright-wise.